The condition of your tires can affect your car’s handling, traction, stability and braking. Because tires get worn down over time, it’s important to know how to tell when you need new tires. These are some warning signs that can help you detect when new tires are needed.
Do the Penny Test
One of the best ways to tell if your car needs new tires is to do the “penny test.” Simply take a penny and insert it with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s hair, then your tire’s tread is too low, reducing its ability to provide you with the traction you need while driving. That means you need to replace the tire.
Consider Your Tires’ Age
Whether your tire tread passes the Penny Test or not, if your car is between six and ten years old, then you should consider replacing all four of your tires. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for when your specific tires should be changed over to ensure you’re driving on safe tires.
Check Your Tires Over
Bulges, cracks, and bumps are all signs that you need new tires. These symptoms signify that your tire’s outer surface is weakening, which could lead to a sudden tire blow out.
If your car needs maintenance, tire – focused or otherwise – you can trust Bryan Honda’s service department to take care of your ride.
Part of car ownership is taking care of your vehicle. There are a few things that should be done at the beginning of each season. The following are some spring car maintenance tips that will help you keep your car running as smoothly as possible as the weather warms up.
Spring clean, inside
and out. Give your car a good scrub down both in and out. Throw away any
trash you’ve gathered over the past cold months, vacuum, and wipe down the
inside. On the outside, make sure you wash and wax every inch — including the
Check your tires.
Warmer weather can cause the air in your tires to expand. This, along with an
abundance of potholes popping up as the weather gets warmer, can really do a
number on your tires. Check your tires’ pressure and tread. If their pressure
is outside of the manufacturer’s range – which can be found in your owner’s
manual — then fill or deflate your tires accordingly. Also, if the tread on
your tires are balding, make sure you get your tires replaced.
windshield wipers. After a harsh winter for North Carolina, your windshield
wipers have undergone a lot of pressure. Now that the weather’s warmer — and
getting rainier by the day — you should switch out your wipers for new ones. This
will make sure your visibility as you drive is the best it can be.
Remember routine maintenance.
Every few thousand miles, you should be getting your oil changed. If you put
this off during the cold weather of winter, now is the time to get your car’s
oil changed. It will keep your car running smoothly throughout the warmer
For the greatest peace of mind, you should leave spring maintenance to us. Schedule a service appointment at Bryan Honda and we’ll ensure your car gets the care it deserves.
The school year has officially begun. You got all of the school supplies, restocked your kids’ wardrobes, and packed their lunches. But did you remember to prepare your car for back to school? You will be doing a lot more driving now, which means you want your car to be in prime condition. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Have your kids help you. Spend a weekend afternoon cleaning out the family ride. Clean out all the trash, take out everything that doesn’t belong in the car, and then start wiping everything down. The final step is to vacuum everything from top to bottom.
Catch Up on Maintenance
If you have been neglecting your car all summer, give it the TLC it needs with a maintenance check at Bryan Honda. We can change your oil, check your battery, top off your fluids, and anything else your trusty Honda needs.
Inspect the Tires
Once a month, you should inspect your tires. This includes looking for signs of wear, checking the tread depth, and the tire pressure. New vehicles should come with an automatic tire pressure monitoring system, but it doesn’t hurt to check it yourself, too.
The best way to get your car prepared for the back-to-school season is to let the pros handle it. Schedule a service appointment today at Bryan Honda.
As a father, the greatest gift you can give to your children is to share the wisdom you’ve accumulated over the years. This Father’s Day, take the time to teach your kids about cars so they grow up to be smart, savvy drivers.
Basic car maintenance
Even before they start driving, every kid should learn some basic car maintenance. And who better to learn from than dad? Before driving lessons even start, make sure your child knows how to check fluid levels, properly inflate tires, replace filters and headlights, and change oil and tires. Also make sure your kids know exactly what the dashboard warning lights mean.
You can start teaching your children to recognize emergency vehicles from a very young age. Make sure your young children can identify ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles. Once kids get a bit older, you can start teaching them what to do in the events of a vehicle accident so they’re prepared for the worst when they start driving on their own.
Some basic money literacy is extremely important when it comes to cars. When your children approach driving age, make sure they understand how car insurance works, the costs associated with vehicle upkeep, and how to handle things like parking tickets and registration fees.
And when your kids become teenagers and finally turn 16, make sure to bring them to Bryan Honda to make sure they get a proper look at what the industry’s best cars are like!
As winter’s rough weather and gloomy skies gives way to spring showers, it’s important to remember that now is as good a time as ever to get some routine spring vehicle maintenance done. Here are a few tips from Bryan Honda to help you keep your vehicle running smoothly as the weather warms up.
Schedule your routine maintenance. Your vehicle will need its regular check-up to keep it running smoothly, so make sure you keep up with the recommended service schedule listed in your owner’s manual.
Flush and refill your car’s cooling system. Regularly check the level, condition, and concentration of your cooling system’s coolant. This is especially important as temperatures start to rise.
Get your air conditioner checked out. Hot weather means it’s time to crank up the air conditioning in your car—but it’s hard to do so if your car’s AC isn’t working. Get your air conditioning unit serviced now, so you don’t have to drive without cool air during the squelching summer days.
Check your tire pressure. As the temperature changes, so does your tire pressure. Cold temperatures tend to make your tire pressure drop, and hot temperatures will cause it to rise. Make sure your tires aren’t over- or under-inflated, and keep them within your vehicle’s recommended pressure range.